ESR3: CWS and their effects on enhancing territorial capacities in France and Germany

Host: Paris School of Business, France  Supervisors: Ignasi Capdevila (PSB), Christine Liefooghe (Lille)

1 PhD position, full-time

Duration: September 2021 – August 2024

A territory may become resilient if actors are able to mobilize endogenous resources in order to develop a capacity of adaptation to change. This capacity could consist in the ability of conserving its resources and industries or of developing new territorial competitive advantages. Through a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods, the ESR project will analyse a number of case studies in France and Germany to which extent CWS can contribute to the development of a territorial capacity of absorbing changes in the economic context or even generate a new sustainable system.

The fellow will be integrated in the PhD curriculum in the University of Lille.

Secondments are foreseen at the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig, Germany, the Saxon Association of Cultural & Creative Industries, Dresden, Germany and Otelo in Austria.


  • Development of theoretical and conceptual framework of the study
  • Design of case studies approach and data collection
  • Comparative (meta) analyses of case studies
  • Knowledge synthesis, development of conceptual models, discussion and policy relevance


  • Masters’ degree in geography, economics, sociology or another discipline corresponding to the topic of the project
  • good knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • fluent in English
  • knowledge of French and/or German  would be an asset
  • good knowledge of IT-based communication tools
  • readiness to participate in secondments, conferences and workshops
  • excellent communication skills
  • strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and in working in a cooperative and flexible team environment

The fellow should contribute to the outreach of the project, especially by:

  • Elaborating a PhD thesis
  • Active participation in progressing the ITN’s publications (WP monographs, journal articles)
  • Active participation in scientific conferences, policy workshops etc. at national and EU level
  • Participation in media communication, in the development of a web-based glossary, in creating video clips and podcasts and in disseminating project information at the EU level using the European Commissions’ communication tools 

For further information you may contact:

Prof. Ignasi Capdevila,

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 955907.